Thursday, 7 January 2016

[Interview] - Eddie Pinero The Next Generation Tony Robbins Part 2

After four years of working as a training consultant Eddie Pinero left the corporate world to embark on a personal venture and after only a year "Your World Within" is already growing into a top platform for life coaching, motivational speaking, and consultancy. Yet Eddie is more than just a next generation Tony Robbins, rather a free spirited philosopher and entrepreneur building a business on the idea of helping people to meet their potential by simply looking inwards for strength and inspiration. The videos posted onto the "Your World Within" website and YouTube channel, made up of a montage of clips that tell a story, with uplifting music playing in the background as he narrates his sagely thoughts, continue to draw interest.

"Your World Within" however is more than just a business geared to motivational speaking. In his inspirational videos, Eddie shares personal thoughts and feelings, stories from his past, his family and experiences that marks his life journey so far, and it is this personal focus that caught my attention. During the interview I picked five of my favourite videos and we discussed his inspirations for each one and their significance to moving forward in life.

RY; It’s interesting how you came up with the idea of using a morning run to plan your day. Did that come to you as you were running?
EP; Exactly. For me when my day opens up, I am very much a person of momentum. If I feel like I kicked ass, did big things at 6, or 7 O Clock in the morning that kind of carries through as opposed to days where I get up at 9; all day I feel like I am backtracking and I don’t quite have that. And that video is interesting because it’s really the only one I have ever done that’s kind of like a verbal blog post. I’ve sort of steered away from that I don’t know why. It was basically things that I do that bring value to my life and putting it out there.

RY; You make the interesting point that if you don’t reflect on everything you have in your life that is good then you go through your day empty. Did you come to that conclusion through experience or was it relayed to you?
EP; It is something I have thought about a lot I mean a lot of it has been through progression. It’s good to be optimistic it’s good to want more, to be driving toward something but if you don’t stop every once in a while and think wait a minute look what I’ve done, what I’ve accomplished, look what I have, something that makes you sad or you get upset about someone else would kill to be in that position. It’s just a matter of perspective, a sequence of experiences.

RY; The other thing is self- image in which you convey the idea of a smoker who quits smoking but inherently believes they are a smoker then probably won’t quit the habit.
EP; That actually is a quote from Tony Robbins, and it’s so true. This was part of the transition for me when I needed to get up early. I need to get up at five, it’s hard and you don’t want to. But if you start to look at yourself as an early morning person, a go getter then you start to believe it and your actions start to correspond with how you see yourself and that hardest part, speaking from my own experience, is making yourself believe with 100% certainty that you are that thing because that really is the key.

RY; This has definitely been my favourite and when I shared it on Facebook it was received quite positively. The story of the boy that put the man together and the world falling into place is interesting. Where did that come from and is it a true story?

EP; It’s a fable I believe, mentioned in the book “The One Thing” which is the first place I heard it. There’s so many things we want to do, we have so many aspirations but if we focus on one thing and become excellent at it your chances of success are exponentially better. So that’s where I heard that.

RY; Do you think the message behind it is something people can look to for possibly if they are really struggling in life, for example mental health such as depression and anxiety could find some kind of message or hope in that?

EP; I hope so because that’s sort of the intent and it parallels with what we were talking about before – everything you see is a reflection of how you view yourself and so building the person up whether that’s through education pushing past all these things to better yourself it directly reflects to other things and we have so much control over things that happen around us that we don’t think about.

RY; Do you think the conflict of opposites reminiscent of the yin and yang symbol reflect not just the internal struggles but what goes on eternally such as organisations and society in general where we seem constantly in conflict with one another where we seem to always go looking for the negative?

EP; Yeah if we go looking for the negative we’ll always find it. I don’t think it’s specific to a person by any means.
RY; You suggest that the best thing to do is look in the mirror make a conscious decision to be positive, feed the good wolf – it’s a very strong metaphor yet the negative is so powerful in our minds it can take hold and really bring you down and dictate your day. Do you think in a way bearing that in mind you could take on board the advice of the "Good Wolf" by using the principles of, for example, "Five Ways a Morning Run..."?

EP; That’s really cool I never thought of it like that at all, that’s kind of a road map right there. I think it applies beautifully – my direct thought when I was creating that was in anything the bad is so powerful but there always is good. Even if you take a test when you’re a student and you fail the test, the bad is that you fail but there’s so much good that can come from it in terms of analysing what you did wrong. You know you can fail and the sky doesn’t fall but you have to seek out the good because it doesn’t scream at you like the bad does you have to consciously seek it out that’s why I say look in the mirror because these things that fly all around you if you’re not specifically asking yourself “well what good can come from this situation" it’s going to allude you. That specifically was the message there.

RY; This really struck a cord as it talked about limits and obstacles. People talk about limits due to talent and innateness. Why do people limit the potential to do what we want in life to be the best and reach those goals?
EP; I think there’s certain needs that need to be met. We need jobs, we need to be able to support ourselves and our family and there is a simple way to do that and staying in the confines of that structure will ensure you get through the day. That’s where we place our value. For people who take those characteristics it becomes who they are so I think that’s the biggest thing. There’s a question you asked that ties into it – it’ll come to me.
RY; Is there a fear laden or protective element do you think?
EP; Absolutely and I think some of the resistance comes from people that are truly not happy with what they are doing and seeing someone else make that leap gives them that frustration. You know it’s a really tough conversation because there’s this whole “be limitless", "don’t give up", "focus on something 100%" message but you also have to be pragmatic too in a way in really knowing your strengths and knowing what you’re good at it. So for example I am not great at math, I’ve never really been good at math. Now if I were to invest all my time and energy and have the “no limits” mentality through math I would be better, I would get better and potentially be very good. But if I re-allocated that time and energy into something that I love and that I am truly good at the ceiling is way higher. So yes I feel like if you enjoy something go for it by all means with everything you have but you have to be honest with yourself, is this you? Is it something you’re good at? Is this the best use of your time and energy?

RY; What made you see the value of running in the pouring rain, harsh weather conditions beyond just keeping fit and getting tough?
EP; There are a few things; One is the momentum – you feel so accomplished, especially in Boston. It stemmed from those cold winter mornings when it’s raining, not snowing, there’s wind and it’s just hard to get up and put yourself out in that. It is a long stretch around the Charles River where I normally run – normally in the summer you see hundreds and hundreds of people running, walking and doing all these things and there’s been times where I’ve not seen a soul and it’s like “wow this is really interesting” and you start thinking if it was July there would be people everywhere because it’s comfortable so what it ends up being is an opportunity to take advantage, to be one step better than everyone else that’s hibernating till it’s convenient for them and that’s really where that idea stemmed from.
RY; Have you ever found that to be the case in practice? You obviously don’t let the weather conditions dictate whether you go out for a run, barring injury, lack of sleep, have you found that when you do go out that you outperform those who tend to only come out in the better weather and struggle to get into that momentum?

EP; In terms of my speed in relation to others?
RY; If you like. Have you found that actually from a physical point of view you seem to be managing the course better than the experienced people who tend to shy away from the cold weather, do you find that really has been the case?

EP; I love this question because I am very competitive when it comes to this. I was thinking about it the other day. When there are few people out there running there’s a far greater chance that someone will run by me and that’s because the people who are out when it’s cold, wet, and uncomfortable are the hard-core people that are there no matter what. To me to run in an environment like that where there’s so many people I tend play these games in my head where I don’t like to be passed. I’ve lived here for a while and three people have passed me and I remember every single situation. I play these games where if they pass me and I pass them back I get two points, it’s really childish almost embarrassing but what it does is it really makes me push myself, my pride is through the roof maybe unnecessarily but I just won’t let myself lose. Even though the people I am racing against don’t even know I am racing against them, when you get home and you dissect it, it feels good that you haven’t been passed by all these people who are out, you feel a sense of accomplishment and again back to the momentum thing it’s onto the next thing. If you succeeded there then you’ll succeed here.
RY; Out of all the work you have done so far which ones are your favourites?

EP; I think my favourite is "Chasing Fireflies". It’s more of a slower pace video. When I am putting a video out I sometimes gauge how I feel about it by the emotions when I am playing it out so like I recorded the speech, I’ve made the music I put it together I’ve done the clips and then I watch them. When I watched that back before I put it out I’ve never felt such an impact from my other videos. The message of staying a kid, that childlike mentality just means so much to me I feel like people lose that so fast and I don’t know why it dissipates, but that sense of exploration, that inventiveness good things we attribute to people that we look up to in society they all maintained those habits. So that’s definitely my favourite.
RY; You did draw on some personal experiences of that so I suppose on a personal level when you saw that reflection that must have moved you in some way.

EP; Exactly as I was talking about my time in Roenoake, Virginia. When I graduated college in 2010 I moved down to Virginia for my first job so I was very much on my own that was when I started to see how the world works, figuring things out for the first time that wasn’t in some type of academic setting so it was a big learning experience.
RY; Any others that you are particularly proud of?

EP; I really liked “Create Yourself” I think we talked about that but “Ode to Excellence” is another one of my favourites. It’s the first one I ever did which and  why I think it means so much is that it is all raw emotion. Those lines in that video are me talking to myself, talking myself through difficult times, being scared, having no idea what I was doing, hoping things would work out, following a passion, following this sort of creative drive and it’s a message that’s kind of “Hey man just have faith you’ll get through this” because there was so many times I was like “Just go get a job, get a job” but I kind of just stuck through all that stuff and kept building my own thing so I loved to hear that back, it’s nostalgic a little bit.

Thank you to Eddie Pinero for his kind participation in the interview. 

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Monday, 4 January 2016

[Interview] - Eddie Pinero; The Next Generation Tony Robbins

Deciding to leave the comfort of a relatively secure job in order to pursue a dream is scary, something I know all too well. Someone else who decided to take that plunge was 28 year old Eddie Pinero a writer, philosopher, musician and entrepreneur from Boston, Massachusetts who just over a year ago set up "Your World Within" a platform for inspirational ideas as well as consultancy and speaking services designed to help individuals and business maximize potential in their chosen field. A next generation Tony Robbins, Eddie regularly posts articles, and videos made up of inspirational video clips, moving music (mostly his own compositions) that accompany his thoughts and advice on various aspects of life be it in the commercial world, athletics or personal well-being. Having come across one such video, "Running in the Rain" and discovering his previous works afterwards I was curious to learn about the man behind the ideas and had the opportunity to speak to this very wise and insightful young entrepreneur.  

RY; Thank you for this opportunity Eddie I am really honoured to be talking to you.  Please tell me a little bit about yourself, where are you from, your background?

EP; Thank you for reaching out I am obviously humbled that you think enough of me to set this up. I really appreciate it. I am 28 years old and live in Boston Massachusetts. I have lived here for a while now, as my father was in the military so we moved around quite a lot. I lived on the west coast for a while. I went to college in Worcester, Massachusetts, it’s about an hour from Boston, basically a liberal arts school. I graduated in 2010, and then went into the corporate world for almost four years and then kind of moved onto this so-called, chapter.
RY; What did you study at college?

EP; I studied Political Science. I liked it because it's very analytical and plus I like the fact that there’s not a right or wrong answer per se, it’s very ambiguous and ties in a lot of things too like Economics which also ties into History; it captivated a lot of my interest. I did also think of going to law school in terms of progression it made the most sense.
RY; So you spent four years in the corporate world, what sort of work were you doing?

EP; I was a training consultant, started in a management programme where they take folks right out of college into a two year programme where you’re integrated into some area of the company. I did a lot of programme creation, creating training modules working with different individuals to help get them from point A to point B to help with some that would be working on. So basically some sort of training consultant role.

RY; Okay so four years working as a training consultant. What led you to go into business for yourself and set up “Your World Within”?
EP; Well it didn’t start out that way, it wasn’t the intent. You know I never want to talk about the corporate world with negative connotations because I have friends who love it, thrive on it, different strokes for different folks I guess but for me I needed a more free spirited approach to what I am doing. I left, kind of methodically. Initially I was building up a studio little by little while I was working because I wanted to do something with music and do some writing ventures, maybe work on a book. I had these ideas in my head and when the time was right I made the jump. And then as I was doing this my first thought was “this is stressful” because I was always in this comfort zone where I felt fine with what I was doing. I knew what to expect and now all of a sudden I don’t have this job, I am on my own trying to do these things, and it was nerve-wracking. That was when I started to coach myself through it and I started documenting some of my thoughts and ultimately put out that first video just for myself really. I showed it to my family, my friends and it got some really positive feedback and from that the whole “Your World Within” thing was born.

RY; Did you come up with the name “Your World Within” yourself or source the idea from elsewhere?

EP; I came up with the name myself. I remember exactly where I was when I came up with it, running on the Cape Cod canal it just came to me.

RY; Can you go into more detail about what specific services you provide for clients?
EP; I do some speaking, which is probably the most prevalent out of all of them, some performance coaching similar to life coaching. I also offer consulting around video creation helping people who want to put out videos. For example people and business who have a website and they want a video for their homepage I work with them to create that and help with the creative process. Then there’s the writing, blog posts things of that nature, along similar lines topics in my videos.

RY; Do you write your own music for the videos?
EP; Yes. I play guitar mostly keyboard, piano which I am not fantastic at but the beautiful thing about some of these compositions is it’s done through many instruments. So if you have a basic pretty elementary understanding of composition notes being in a certain key you can put something together. This is a new thing I started doing. The first few videos like “Running in the Rain” for example, that’s not mine, some I have found through Creative Commons of YouTube.

RY; For someone so young you come across as wise and fully lived already. You’ve quoted Warren Buffet and Steve Jobs a couple of times but how about philosophers athletes. Where do draw your influences and ideas from?

EP; I think it’s a culmination of all of them. I do a lot of reading and it’s funny but most of the reading I have done most recently has been entrepreneurs and people within the corporate world but it really depends and I think that’s why some of my videos are sports related, and some philosophical, basically whatever has come into my head or have come across and read about recently.
RY; From watching and listening to your videos you obviously enjoy running, and you used to do rowing at College. How did you make the correlation between running and success in life? How did that come about?
EP; The light-bulb went off for me in college rowing. I don’t row anymore, mostly for my cardio I run and cycle a little. Going to college and joining this team as a novice I realised that this is what hard work is, I just had no clue before. I always thought I was working hard, doing what I was supposed to but I never really understood what it took to separate yourself from the pack. I understood what commitment is, what it takes to put yourself ahead and so that mentality of trying to always one up your competitor, you get out what you put in all of these things I realised during races when I was at college, I realised when I run. It’s same thing as when you’re cycling or anything really.

RY; Throughout your videos there is a recurring theme of delving into yourself in setting habits, winning habits and goal achieving and maintaining that mind-set which I think is quite interesting. As you make these videos have you noticed that there are certain themes that you keep coming back to?
EP; Yes I definitely think so. I’d like to say that there’s no such thing as a disciplined person, there’s someone who has built winning habits and there’s someone who hasn’t, anyone can. Which is why I think it’s interesting because, as I am sure you know I put clips in the background in the videos for example a football player or someone running. So someone will say “hey I like this I am in med school can you make a med school video?” My first thought is if you remove that clip and put med school students it applies and it’s the exact same concepts across the board.
RY; How long has “Your Word Within” been going now?
EP; For about a year I’ve been kind of pursuing it, it’s been a progression. I was balancing that with music I was writing a lot of like acoustic work, writing songs for people and playing shows around the Boston area. In trying to juggle both with “Your World Within” obviously it’s continuing to evolve and I came to the point where I was like “look you can do both of these things somewhat well or you can pick one and make it the entirety of what you are about” and that wasn’t that long ago, maybe four or five months ago where I decided “Your World Within” was going to be my things that I was going to make something out of.

RY; How is it going in terms of a business. Is it proving to be everything you hoped for and more?

EP; It definitely is. Like everything there is a learning curve but I am able to connect with an audience and that is sort of a reassuring thing the fact that what you’re putting out provides value to your audience. From a subscribers standpoint, a social media standpoint the analytics have been pointing up, like we discussed earlier it’s opened doors to different services, speaking opportunities and got the ball rolling. It’s not something that was planned but when you focus on one thing when you’re putting yourself into it and you allow it to grow these things kind of open up.

RY; How has the feedback been in terms of what you are doing on a business level, personal level, are you generally getting positive feedback?
EP; That has certainly been the most rewarding part. I’ve been getting tons of feedback, a lot of it heartfelt comments and stuff like that. It’s a motivation to keep going, it really does. Of course once your audience reaches a certain point you need to expect some negativity, you’re going to get trolled, people are going to say stupid stuff so I am not at the point where I get it a lot, it’s almost like when it starts coming and I get people saying, you know negative things I look at it as a benchmark because it means you’re big enough to bring people in that are not your original niche.

RY; You’ve been doing this for nearly a year and sounds like so far it’s been amazing; just taking stock then are you finding that a) you’re looking at what you are doing and thinking “My God this is real, I am really doing this” do you find that? b) Have you found that over the year that you’ve grown as a result, do you think the person who started this at the beginning has kind of changed as a result?
EP; Yes I think completely. The biggest thing in terms of the change is my perspective on making things happen, on working with people. There’s a cliché that you have to fail to succeed? I didn’t realise the extent of being denied, being rejected, being told something’s not good, not getting a response on an email, trying to push your product your ideas in places and having it turn to nothing and keep moving through that, to get a job done because again you hear it all on the surface but until you move through it – it’s easy to say just keep moving forward but when you’re not at a state where you’re experiencing success immediately it’s hard to move forward so that was definitely a big learning point. In terms of is this real? I feel very fortunate very lucky to get up and do what I do, and do something I like. Sometimes I do have to pinch myself but at the same time in the greater scheme of things I have a long long long way to go.

Look out for part 2 of the interview in which Eddie and I discuss our favourite videos from his extensive body of work. For more information about Eddie and his work visit the Your World Within website or subscribe to the YouTube channel.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

[FILM REVIEW] - Stutterer

Stars; Matthew Needham, Chloe Pirrie, Eric Richards
Writer/Director; Benjamin Cleary

Greenwood is a typographer who suffers from a terrible speech impediment yet possesses an eloquent inner voice. After six months of conversing online with the equally eloquent Ellie, Greenwood has to face his greatest fear when she suggests they meet in person.

London Film School graduate Benjamin Cleary has certainly made an impressive debut with this endearing short that tugs at the heartstrings and has you rooting for the film's central character. Drawing on his experiences growing up with his father and brother both afflicted with stuttering, Cleary captures the difficulties of everyday life faced by those with a speech impediment but not to invoke sympathy. Greenwood is not a person to be pitied; yes the irony is certainly evident that such an intelligent and eloquent thinker with an insightful witty internal monologue struggles to vocalise making everyday communication such as phoning to query a utility bill a veritable mountain climb. That is what lies at the heart of Cleary's film the switching from debilitating fear to tremendous bravery.

Greenwood is a very complex character with a great sense of humour, sharp observations echoed by his internal snap judgments categorised numerically as he people watches to pass the time away. The conversation he has online with Ellie further illustrates his intelligence thus shattering the stigma that at times links stuttering to mental capacity. Cleary shows how life is a constant battle for Greenwood sometimes hiding from daily engagement by pretending he's deaf but then finding the courage to confront an abusive boyfriend on a bus stop. This complexity is brought to life by the excellent Matthew Needham who shows real depth and dimension of this delightful individual. Moments such as Greenwood struggling to share an observation with his father who patiently listens are touching as is the online conversation he has with Ellie. Such is the power behind the performance that when Greenwood faces his biggest fear you can really feel his anxiety and the dilemma behind his decision but still find yourself encouraging him to take that step.

"Stutterer" is a touching engaging story of bravery and hope in an unforgiving world which for someone with a speech impediment can be scary. Although it is a tale of struggling with a debilitating condition there is a lesson for us all to find the courage deep inside and face our greatest fears. At just over 12 minutes a short film with such depth of emotion and  story telling it is no surprise that it has won many an accolade at an assortment of festivals not just for Cleary's compelling film making but for its lead actor. Now it has been nominated for  an OSCAR in the "Live Action Short" category. The full list is as follows;